As it’s April and the madness of the A-Z challenge is upon us, I shall write about words mostly, this month. Words how we use them, where we gather them. Phrases and any other oddbits. Words from the A-Z blogs on kiss a frog.
The English Language, and I apologise to those whose language is as special to them as English is to me, I do not know any other. The English language takes simplicity and creates complexity, takes abstract and creates concrete, turns and twists letters into strange variations of the original. It is a mischievous child, a free spirit. Throughout the ages people have indulged the child in our language, allowed it to stretch, dance and sing its way to the present day. It now contains a richness, which could drown us all, if we used just a fraction more than we do.
Our language shamelessly plundered from others, it also in times of occupation was forced to adopt strange ways, but, in its usual fashion, still managed to make the new its own. English is an amazing language – oh I know it is full of inconsistencies and irritations, what child isn’t? We seek to instil some discipline and mostly manage!
So what use have we made of my A words: Atmosphere and Air.
Atmosphere does not have as many variations as atmosphere but it is used heavily to describe feelings felt: the atmosphere was heavy in the room, the feel of: the old house had a dead atmosphere
I am taking definitions from Dictionaries and have to trust them! The dates are first recorded in print, that the experts have found, and they may be wrong! – who knows?
Air: from Old French, air= atmosphere,breeze –from Latin, aerem = air, lower atmosphere, sky from Greek, aer = air (see how words travel and it probably goes back further)
Atmosphere: modern Latin, atmospharea from Greek, atmos = vapour and sphaira =sphere
We have the air which we breathe.
The region above the ground: Sky and Heavens. Also many descriptions such as breeze, wind, draught, breath,
To dry such as clothes (airing) first used in1520s
Quality of a person: personal appearance – the air of a gentleman- first used 1650
Affected manner – airs and graces – first used in 1781
To make public an opinion, to air a grievance first used 1879
Melodic phrase (to sing a sweet air) (theme/signature tunes) in 1580s from the Italian for aira
Those invisible waves of air captured by Radio – on the air – first used 1927
Add ons = air pollution first coined in 1870! air travel, airbed, airports, air hostess, air-force, airhead among dozens
Airily = cheerfully, hopefully
Airy = insubstantial, light, trivial, (sometimes discourteous)
Airy Fairy =imaginative
Walking on air= happy, joyful, elated
In the air = vague, uncertain, doubt -1752
Castles in the air= impossible dreams/schemes -1590s
My A-Z blog challenge is on kissafrog and today being A there is a mass of useless information about atmosphere and air in my a-z of world building:)